Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 07/01/11

Game Eighty-Three: Cubs (34-48) vs. White Sox (40-42)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (1-2, 6.25/1.64) vs. Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.13/1.48)

Updated 12:18pm CDTCarlos Zambrano placed on the 15-day DL – Kerry Wood activated from 15-day DL

Updated – 12:47pm CDTAccording to multiple reports, the Cubs are expected to add Ramon Ortiz to the 40-man roster to take Carlos Zambrano’s spot in the starting rotation.

It is game one of round two of the Crosstown Series …

The Cubs and White Sox will resume play this afternoon with the first of three on the North Side. The Sox took two of three last week at the Cell and one win will guarantee them at least a split in the season series … as well as the BP Cup for one more year.

The Cubs are looking to get over the three-game winning streak hump this afternoon. Today will be the Cubs’ ninth chance at a modest three game winning streak; Q’s squad is obviously the last team in the majors not to reach the simplest of tasks.

The White Sox, on the other hand, are coming off a series win in Colorado (two of three) and enter play this afternoon two games under .500 and four back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.

Mike Quade is in need of a long outing from Randy Wells this afternoon. After Quade has to use all of his available pitchers Friday, with the exception of Chris Carpenter, today would be a great time for Wells to put together his best outing of the year.

And speaking of bullpen help, Kerry Wood tweeted Thursday that he would return from the DL prior to today’s game. The Cubs are expected to option Marcos Mateo to Triple-A Iowa in order to free up a spot for Wood on the active roster.

In other newsAndrew Cashner could begin playing catch as early as today which would be the first step in starting his second rehab of the season.

This series is the Cubs last against the AL this season. Q’s squad is 4-8 against the Junior Circuit with single wins in every series (Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees, Royals).

Momentum is only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher … and this afternoon it all begins with Randy Wells.

Randy Wells is coming off another bad outing, one in which Wells himself labeled as embarrassing. Wells completed six innings of work last Saturday and gave up six runs on a season-high 10 hits. Four of those six runs came in the first inning and Wells did not give his team a chance in Kansas City.

As mentioned prior to his last start, Randy Wells needs to put together three very good months in order to have the possibility of keeping his starting job next season.

Randy Wells has not posted a win since his first start of the season and has not completed more than six innings in any of his starts this year.

Wells did not face the White Sox last week on the South Side and is 1-1 in two career starts versus the Sox with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

White Sox Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Gordon Beckham – 2-for-5
  • Ramon Castro – 0-for-3
  • Adam Dunn – 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Paul Konerko – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Juan Pierre – 3-for-7 with a walk
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 3-for-3 with a double
  • Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-6
  • Alex Rios – 2-for-2 with a walk

The Cubs will get their first look at Edwin Jackson in a Sox uniform. The former Tiger and D’Back is coming off an impressive outing against the Washington Nationals … the team he was supposed to be dealt to last season. Jackson threw seven innings of shutout ball and allowed just five hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.

Jackson did not post a win in June but has thrown the ball extremely well. Jackson is 0-1 in his last four starts with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

Edwin Jackson has struggled outside of the Cell and is just 2-4 in seven road starts with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.

Today will be Jackson’s fourth career start versus the Cubs. He is 0-2 in the first three with a 8.44 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP … 0-1 in one start at Wrigley with a 18.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP (eight runs on 11 hits in four innings).

Cubs Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-7
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-8 with a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Luis Montanez – 0-for-2
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-5 with 3 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-9 with a double and a home run
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-5 with 2 walks

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Johnson – CF
    Soto – C
    Wells – P

    • Rbmercer

      Would really like to see Castro out of the 3 hole. I know Fuk numbers are good in the LEADOFF, but so are Castros! He should experiment with Fuk in the 3 hole.

      • guest

        He relly does have to learn to be the 3 hole hitter of the future at some point…and were going nowhere so why not now?

        • Rbmercer

          Exactly, going nowhere…he’s not ready, so let’s put him in positions he can continue to succeed and mature. He’s really good now, but barely has over one full season of service in. He still has more ceiling to get too. When he’s ready for the 3 hole, we will ALL know it.

          • guest

            Alright then why not switch him and Barney around…He obviously is not ready to play SS and we all know that as well?

          • Tony_Hall

            Obviously?  Do you even remember watching Theriot, and not get to half as many balls.  

          • guest

            It was more of sarcastic response to the other posters statements about castro not being a 3 hole hitter ofcourse he should play ss whether hes ready for it or not.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

       no Dewitt!!!!! actually I believe this is an ok lineup

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Zambrano being examined. Cubs deciding whether to DL him to be on safe side with all star break soon. Wood not yet activated, pending Z decision

    • Tedtop16

      Neil:
      Do you have any idea on the status of the signing of draft choices? I know that it is off the topic. I am surprised that Soto is hitting 8th today.

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      Neil , if Zambrano goes on the DL  since Mateo went 5 innings would he replace Zambrano in the rotation.

      • Corn Cob Dress

        Mateo would stay in bullpen, he has never started in his pro career. Rodrigo Lopez is now your 5th starter.

      • Corn Cob Dress

        Mateo would stay in bullpen, he has never started in his pro career. Rodrigo Lopez is now your 5th starter.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Mateo would not go in the rotation. I would think Casey Coleman would return which would leave Lopez in the rotation until at least after the break.

        The Giants aggressive offense really helped him keep his pitch count low.
        Mateo is a reliever that had a career day.

        • Kojak Osborne Jr.

          thanks for the update Neil

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            You’re welcome, but I was wrong. They are going to promote Ramon Ortiz from Iowa.

  • paulcatanese

    I think the best thing for big “Z” would be the epidural, and leave the needle their until after the All Star break. Maybe twist it once or twice.

  • paulcatanese

    I would like to think Arams latest hot streak would make him desirable in the trade market, but I think “quality” Jim sees it differently. To him Aram is the best he can get for next year and would be very surprised to see him traded.

    • Rbmercer

      Everybody wants rid of ARAM! He is one of the top 5 third basemen in all of baseball. they knock his effort, but he produces at a much higher rate than his effort at times than his effort is detrimental. I think it’s more of his personality, he’s not a real high motor guy. But look at his production and he has ALWAYS been the guy we want up when we need a big hit in the clutch! I’ve been a Cub fan for over 30 years and until we got Aram we went through a million third basemen. He is the guy that finally solved our third basemen quandry. Santo loved Aram and I do to. We won’t find a better one for awhile if we let him go. Who else in the last ten years have you wanted up when we HAD to have a clutch RBI??? Also, he has always hit the REALLY GOOD pitchers too, not a lotnof guys do that. They load up on the mediocre pitchers.

      • diehardcubfan

        Yes, you are right there was a time that ARAM was one of the most feared clutch hitters in baseball.  Since the shoulder separation those days are now gone.

        Granted there are not a lot of other options at 3B for the Cubs next season unless they move Castro or decide to make Vitters or Flaherty the 3B next season. 

        I am more incline to think JH will probably want to bring him back.

        ARAM is past his prime and the past two seasons has had terribly slow starts.  That will likely continue next year. 

        The Cubs cannot continue to have slow starts from a key run producer.  Unless the Cubs bring in another run producer ARAM’s value will only continue to slip and his lack of production will only continue to be magnified like it was this season. 

      • Roland

        This is the third straight year where Aram did terrible to start the year and didn’t start producing until the team was out of it. 

        He was a stud for a few years, just not anymore.  $16 million next year if they pick up his option.

      • Tony_Hall

        I know 3B has taken a deep nose dive, as far as offensive production, but ARam is no longer a Top 5 3B.  Middle of summer, absolutely, unfortunately, MLB starts in April not mid-June.

    • gocubs

      Aramis IS actually the best available 3B for next year.  There are no free agent 3B out there for 2012 that are any good, and we have nothing ready in the system.  Vitters needs more time.  Unless Hendry swings a miraculous trade for an upgrade, NOT picking up Aramis’ option would be a mistake.  Hes still a very good hitter and if he gets hurt, THEN we can give Vitters a shot.  If we are going to try and contend and sign Fielder, we would certainly need Aramis in that lineup.        

      • Zonk

        Guys, A-Ram is not tradeable.  He has a $16 mil Club Option ($2 mil buyout) that VESTS if he is traded.  In other words, anyone taking him will be on the hook for that $16 mil for next year.

        The Cubs can buy-out that option for $2 mil, but they are the ONLY team in baseball that can, effectively.

        • Zonk

          PS, as to whether WE should pick-up his option for next year, I would say no.  A-Ram still has value, but $16 mil is too steep, particularly since he will be 34 next year.  He can hit still, but his defense has gone from OK to really pretty bad.

          • Tno13

            It is possible the Cubs can buy out his option and still sign him for less than the $16mm. If he has fallen off as steeply as most here believe, they may keep him for a year and still save 4-5 mm.

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes, that is possible, but someone will give him 2 or 3 years.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I agree with Tony, it is possible but not probable.

      • Rbmercer

        gocubs…exactly!

      • paulcatanese

        Kind of what I have been saying,Aram will be back. I do not  see him playing a full schedule, and the DL will be a part of  next year as he is injury prone.Look for Pena and Soto as well to be there. “Quality” jim is very stubborn with this group and believes without a doubt that they can contend with one or two additions, free agents of course. With his mindset, look for more prospects rather than his vets to be traded off. Not my choice but very predictable.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Update on Andrew Cashner: Cashner will wait 10 days before throwing and be evaluated again at All-Star
    break, has “no doubt” he will pitch again in 2011

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      Neil i am worried about Cashner for an injury that was not supposed to be serious is taking months. I hope he not another Mark Prior.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It appears Zambrano is heading to the DL … should have official word shortly

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Carlos Zambrano placed on the 15-day DL, Kerry Wood activated

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ramon Ortiz expected to fill-in for Z Tuesday vs Nationals.

    The Cubs would have to add Ortiz to the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39 players.

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      Ramon Ortiz starting that could tell you how bad we really are if we have to depend on Ortiz and Lopez to start games.

  • Aaron

    Draft signing alert:
     
    DeVoss set to meet with Cubs officials this weekend and is expected to sign according to his Miami University baseball coach.

    • Brentcarmona

      holy freaking crap. the cubs actually signed a top ten draft pick. i think hell is going to freeze over.

      • Dorasaga

        Haha. Hell this is. Yell to Cubbie baseball!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    It just gets old seeing Cubs pitchers give up runs in the first inning

    • RynoTiger

      But really..it’s Randy Wells…no one should be surprised this is happening…when he was brought up he had a great stretch of success..then the league figured him out and he’s been sub par since then and hasn’t really succeeded in adjusting

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It is not just Randy Wells … Dempster, Z and Garza all do the same.

        • RynoTiger

          oh i know that..i was just meaning this is not a surprise for Randy Wells to give up runs early and put his team behind.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And it’s already 2-0, not a good play by Barney but Wells has to do a better job

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

      i guess the cubs is back to normal

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent hustle by Reed

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a play and throw by Starlin Castro!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

    wow Castro! impressive range and throw!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent at bat by Darwin Barney, double into the gap and plated Kosuke

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs manufactured a run …

  • Brp921

    Wells has looked good since the bad first inning.

    • diehardcubfan

      Agree

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Randy Wells with a 3-pitch 6th inning, faced the minimum

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Aramis with #300 homer of his career, 11th of year.

  • diehardcubfan

    Neil, has there been anything to suggest that ARAM was hurt the first 3 months. 

    The last couple weeks ARAM is acting like the ARAM of old and starting to produce. 

    Slow start maybe but I am still wondering if he was nursing a shoulder or arm problem. 

    It just makes you wonder.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      There were some rumblings about his hamstring back around the first of May

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And the Wells shows back up …

  • Skeldor

    Way to go get him now Quade….LOL…..lets see 2 run HR, single, walk….he had nothing left and again, Quade doesn’t know how to handle a pitcher

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      My thoughts exactly

    • Brp921

      I’m getting used to it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hey, there’s Sean Marshall … two innings too late.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Down by two and to no surprise Soriano walks to the plate swinging.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-4 to WhiteSox Friday. Randy Wells:
    6R, 8H, 2BB, 4K in 6.1 IP. Aramis Ramirez: 300th HR of career,
    2-for-3, HR, Sac Fly, 2 RBI

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Quade said, “This one’s on me.” He admitted he left Wells in too long in the seventh. Blamed the decision on the taxed pen.

    • Brp921

      What is his excuse for the many other times?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I’m still waiting for him to take responsibility for those … mentioned as much in my recap.

    • Gramps

      I am so sick and tired of blaming it on a taxed pen. Is it really that difficult to pitch an inning 3 days in a row? Or 4? Or 5? etc. Sure Zambrano left early with the bad back yesterday, but Mateo pitched 5 innings. There are 6 other guys in the pen. We heard all about starters going 6 innings and then bring in the relief corps when leading. Wood came back from the disabled list today….he should have been warmed up for the 7th, Marshall for the 8th and then Marmol in the 9th. Is it that difficult? As soon as Wells put a runner on in the 7th he should have been pulled. I am sick and tired of having a manager that is learning on the job. Hell, Lou was sleeping half the time and still made these moves. I have seen many managers in my time and Quade is by far the worst……yes, even worse than Elia and the old college of coaches in the 60′s.

  • BosephHeyden

    And they fail to win three again.  Fair enough.  At this point in time, I think we need to figure out what other teams out there have failed to win three in a row by July and still won it all before calling Hendry and Quade both utter idiots for thinking they still have a shot.

    • Bill

      Quade is clueless.  Cub hitters are so stupid.  Santos started out every hitter with a fastball and then went slider, slider.  Our dumb hitters couldn’t figure out if was fastball down the middle to get strike one, then slider away, slider away.  Do these guys ever pay attention to how a pitcher works them?